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My first payout!

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Rougemont, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Rougemont

    Rougemont Registered Member

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    I just made my first $100 from AdBrite. (I could have set the payout lower, but I wanted a nice round number.) The funny thing about it is that I'm not really doing anything with it the way you're supposed to do it. Of course, it's only averaging about $14 and with the amount of traffic it gets (9000+ uniques/21,400+ according to awstats, 3100+/6300+ according to Google) I'm sure I could do more, but I've hardly touched the site in months.

    I started off using the site to experiment with a few Wordpress plugins, but after a while I used RSS Poster Pro and stuck in Google News RSS feeds about a whole bunch of varying topics then loaded it up with AdBrite code. I slapped a disclaimer on the site that says the purpose is to gather articles from around the web on topics that interest me and the ads are to defray hosting costs (all true).

    Then I created a Twitter account, which I look at maybe a couple times a week (which is also a service I provide to some of my clients, so I'm not going out of my way to do it) just to make sure people know there is a real person behind it, and used Hootsuite to create posts every hour via RSS.

    I also use Tweet Attacks every now and then to follow other accounts based on search terms related to some of my categories. Again, this is something I do for clients, so it's not really any extra effort.

    After that I just sit back and collect about $0.47 a day, a number has slowly but steadily been trending up.

    Like I said, I know I can do more with it, like maybe putting a content locker on a few articles that are always at the top of my stat reports, but again, I'm doing literally nothing at all. Hosting isn't even really a worry because it's an addon domain to a personal website that I have with a Hostgator Hatchling plan.

    I'm not even spinning the articles. I've had two complaints in all this time, and both times the people were super cool when I wrote them back and explained that the site uses an RSS feed and that I didn't purposely take anything from their site. I just removed the articles and told them I'd keep an eye out for future instances of their content, which I can do by searching for their domains. I do credit every site an articles comes from, which I think makes people more lenient about the duplicate content.

    I've thought about creating niche sites and pulling in articles about those sites, creating Twitter accounts and targeting people who mention those niches, but I haven't had the time (setting up my own company the last few months).

    So to recap:

    -Very ordinary unmodified Wordpress template
    -Gibberish domain name
    -Unmodified content from RSS feeds
    -Miniscule Twitter promotion
    -$14/month

    This won't make me rich by itself, but it takes very little effort and should be easy to upscale if/when I ever get around to it. Plus I'll get a nice little payout now and then, which I'll count as a little bonus money.

    Anyway, I was just excited to reach that $100 mark, so I thought I'd share.
     
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  2. ankesen

    ankesen Newbie

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    Congratz:) I havent earn anything yet, just reading BHW everyday and learning for now:)
     
  3. Rougemont

    Rougemont Registered Member

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    Man, there's so much to learn on this site that it can be overwhelming. Best advice I would give (which I have yet to follow myself) is to find a strategy that excites you and that you think you can do and just do it.
     
  4. HighBacklink

    HighBacklink Newbie

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    very nice friend, I Know how it feels to be payed of for your effors in which you have used both your physical and mental abilites to perform and make the customer happy, This forum sure does have lots of talend and performing ability and for people like us, it provides just the right talent to grow.
    Congrats,
     
  5. BlackCat83

    BlackCat83 Junior Member

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    Congratulations on your first 100$ and let's hope many more dollars will follow!
     
  6. Kilise

    Kilise Newbie

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    good work mate!